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   How to Improve LOC Safety
• Eliminate risky behavior.
• Buzzing: Don’t do it.
• Distractions: Minimize.
• Impulsivity: Slow down.
• Panic: “Always Fly the Airplane.” Confidence comes from training.
• Do not deviate from standards: SOPs, AFM, AOM, FARs.
In his book “Redefining Airmanship,” Tony Kern states, “Flight discipline is the cornerstone of airmanship. 1) Violations of flight discipline have an insidious creeping effect on an avia- tor’s good judgment. 2) Flight disci- pline violations are contagious. 3) The best defense is a personal standard of zero tolerance for violations of flight discipline in any form.”
Steps for GA Pilots
Step 1: Be a student of stalls and loss of control.
• Read and follow the guidance in
FAA Aviation Circular, AC 120-109A.
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Study the book “Stick and Rudder” by Wolfgang Langewiesche.
Practice stalls with a CFI.
Learn new stalls.
CFI candidates must learn a variety of stalls (power on, power off, takeoff/ landing, cross control, accelerated, sec- ondary, banking, etc.) Even if you are not training to become a CFI, you may seek the same advanced stall training as a CFI candidate to become more knowledgeable and proficient.
Step 2: Seek some basic
spin training.
My local university flight school has a Super Decathlon that they use for spin training. The first spin I ever did as a CFI candidate years ago was a blur. But even after my third spin that day, I was no longer disoriented during a spin, and the recovery became simple. Step 3: Seek aerobatic training.
If you really want to study this topic, seek some professional but basic aero- batic training. I have done this on more than one occasion and have always been amazed at what I learned in a short week of training.
Steps for Corporate Pilots
When you schedule your next recurrent training program, advise the training center that you would like to follow the FAA’s recom- mended training in AC 120-109A. I know that flight simulator instruc- tors have many required tasks to complete during an FAR 61.58 PIC progressive training cycle, but they should be able to build in many of the FAAs Part 121 man- euvers during your next recur- rent training.
  Ed Verville is a TCE, DPE, Contract Check Airman with more than 14,000 flight hours in 90 different makes and models. He holds type ratings in the CL-65, CL-30, CL-604 and B-747. Ed has conducted 3,000-plus check rides in general aviation airplanes, CRJs and Challengers. He also instructs the FAA’s new stall recognition and recovery program to FAR Part 121 Air Carrier pilots.
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